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Dozens Injured as Egypt Set for Referendum's 2nd Round

RIA Novosti

06:44 22/12/2012

MOSCOW, December 22 (RIA Novosti) - At least 68 people were injured on Friday in Egypt's second largest city of Alexandria on the eve of the second round of the referendum on the new Constitution, Al Arabiya reported on Saturday.

Police formed a barrier between thousands of supporters of the new controversial constitution, drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, and oppositionists. Policemen later used tear gas as both parties clashed in the rain near a mosque in Alexandria.

The first round of the referendum, held on December 15, showed that over 50 percent of Egyptians voted in favor of the new Constitution, however, Egypt's largest alliance of opposition parties, the National Salvation Front, rejected the figures citing numerous violations at the polls.

The referendum, as well as President Mohamed Morsi's controversial constitutional declaration have ignited Egypt's worst political crisis since Morsi's election in June.

Both supporters and opponents of Morsi have been rallying in Cairo and other Egyptian cities ever since he announced his decision to hold a nationwide referendum on the new Constitution, approved by the constituent assembly last month.

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